A 17-year-old boy has died after being struck by a car while walking in a Cobb County school playground.
Key points:The boy’s father and two brothers were in the carThe car has since been impoundedPolice say the boy was struck by another car at a nearby gas stationThe school had closed after the crashThe 17-day-old was airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Florida in Gainesville and died today.
The father and brothers were not injured in the crash, and there was no indication they were drinking at the time.
The boy was hit in the head by another vehicle at a gas station about 6:40am (AEDT) yesterday and died at the hospital today.
School Principal Tom Smith said the boy’s death was a tragic loss for the community.
“I’m heartbroken and saddened to learn that my son died this morning,” he said in a statement.
“This tragedy is the loss of one of our students, and our hearts go out to his family at this time.”
Chippewas Children’s Hospice is providing care for the boy, who is from the community in the south west of the county.
The school said the father and brother had been in the vehicle.
“The parents were not drinking at this point,” Smith said.
“We’re just very heartbroken about this.”
Police say a 19-year old man was also in the same car.
Police believe the driver of the other car, a 47-year carpenter, was speeding in the area of the gas station.